Archive for the ‘Fresh Ideas’ Category

Redesigning the Boarding Pass

January 7, 2010

I really enjoyed the Boarding Pass/Fail article over at ISO50 posted by Alex. I just wanted to pass along the interest but if you care to learn more about it go read their article on it or check out the main source (below). Basically, Tyler Thompson has brought to everyones attention the inefficient design of the boarding pass. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a well designed keepsake from your trip? Check out Tyler’s redesign. You can also contribute!

The Worst Hotel in the World

December 29, 2009

The LA Times posted a great article on the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel. On May 1st, 2009 I had the pleasure of helping with Swipe’s Worst Event in the World, a book release for Erik Kessels “The Worst Hotel in the World”. Erik Kessels, the designer of the Hans Brinker Hotel campaign, did a presentation of his work followed by a book signing. (We had 200 McDonald’s cheeseburgers for the folks who cared to join us – making it the worst or best event ever depending on how much you enjoy cheeseburgers.) The first two shots are from the event. I’m trying to dig up some of the posters I made for it.

Anyways, the campaign is brilliant. Erik took the hotel’s worst qualities and over exadurated them in the campaign (see below for examples). It was a huge success and some people even sign the guest book with disappointment. Read the LA Times article and check out the KesselsKramer site.

Real Life Tetris: Sculptures by Michael Johansson

December 17, 2009

I’ve just come across some recent hype on Michael Johansson and his interesting sculptures.


Shoulda, coulda, didn’t: 001

December 15, 2009

I know this article has been done and seen by everyone but I love the project and want to review it again. I looked into it many years ago and wanted about it then but I had no blog. I have one now so.. although it is old news – it is still a very fresh idea.

“One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. But New York City’s garbage, well, that’s art.” says Justin Gignac on his website¬†NYC Garbage. in 2001 Justin started New York City Garbage as an experiment in the importance of packaging. Justin has special edition version of NYC Garbage including New Years Eve at Times Square, Opening Day at Yankee Stadium and many others. Over 8 years, Justin has sold over 1200 cubes of New York trash globally. He continues to sell original cubes for $50 a pop while special editions will run you $100. I would honestly love to receive one as a present and wouldn’t at all feel ripped off. Buy one here.

While I’m on topic:

Created by New York couple, Justin (talked about above) and Christine, the site is called Wants For Sale and the idea is that they paint the items they want and sell the art for the exact price of what they want. Looking over the site, they seem to have had great success. Not only have they received press from sources like the New York Times Magazine, but most of their paintings have actually been sold.

“Cooking Lessons” priced at $220.00 (Couples class at I.C.E.)

Chia Pet (Pig) prices at $23.70